By Max Clarke
Thousands of council homes in the capital will be transformed, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced today, following his success in securing over half of the Government’s £1.6 billion Decent Homes budget for London.
Some of the capital’s poorest council tenants, currently living in some of the worst housing conditions in the country, will now see their homes brought up to the national Decent Homes standard.
The £821 million share of the Decent Homes programme, agreed with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), will be distributed across 14 London boroughs over the next four years.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “It is unacceptable that in the 21st century thousands of Londoners are forced to live in sub-standard homes so I am pleased that the Government has recognised the acute need in the capital.
“This vital investment will enable us to transform the lives of many of the poorest, most vulnerable Londoners. It will not only bring a significant chunk of our housing stock up to decent standard but also provide a significant boost to the capital’s economy, supporting jobs in the construction sector.”
Bids submitted by councils went through an assessment process undertaken by the Homes and Communities Agency in consultation with the Mayor, to ensure maximum value for money for the taxpayer and maximum benefit for council housing tenants.